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Brian TurnerI have worked with people in a wide variety of settings for over forty years. For twelve years I worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) counselling Children, Young People, Parents and Families.

I counsel for several Employee Assistance Programmes including a local authority.

I was a Relate Counsellor for over twenty years and have been a Supervisor of other Counsellors for over fifteen years. I am a member of Couples Counselling Network which recruits Experienced Counsellors throughout the UK. I have been a Tutor and Supervisor for Online Training for Counsellors

I am a Registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) I have the Certificate in Couple Counselling, Diploma in Social Work, the CQSW and a Diploma in Community and Youth Work.

Theoretical Stance
The Relate training gave me a grounding in the three stage model of counselling and employs Psycho-dynamic theories including Object Relations and Attachment as well as Systemic - Life stages, Family backgrounds and beliefs, Life scripts in working with individuals and couples regarding their relationships. Soon after this, I began work at the CAMHS, where there was an emphasis on working Systemically with families. I feel I was fortunate to be there at a time when Family Therapy theory was emerging from rigid Structural theories to more flexible stances and acknowledging the possibility of external and internal influences on our behaviour as well as taking on insights from feminist theory.

Two chairsThese influences have enabled me to develop a style that allows for curiosity, a both/and position, maybes‚ rather than certainties. I have developed an increased awareness of the importance of listening to the clients story and what they want from the counselling as well as a willingness, when appropriate to both challenge and to share my own feelings. I also see it as important to offer strategies that can effect change and often suggest exercises that may do this at a behavioural level. I am still developing and changing my practice.

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